First off, I love Volvo. Their cars are simply amazing, safe, and reliable. So I immediately jumped on the chance to buy this Volvo. No rust, interior is in excellent shape for the age of the car. Starts right up, no matter how cold it is (which is nice for Northern Wisconsin).
The local Volvo dealership said it was the nicest car of that age they've seen in a while.
Driven to The UP and Minnesota a few times with no troubles at all. Seats are extremely comfortable. For being 20 years old, the stereo system is actually pretty legit. The style of the car makes it look much newer than it actually is, and often I get compliments on it when filling her up. I get about 18-20 mpg city, and 21-23 highway. The 6 cylinders are gas guzzlers, but my 4 cylinder isn't as bad.
Excellent turning radius (due to the rear wheel drive). I will admit, it's a pain to drive in the winter with the rear wheel drive.
Heat is HOT, A/C is COLD.
IT'S UNIQUE, I own the only 760 wagon on the road in a town of 40,000. Every once in a while, I'll see another 760 wagon from Illinois come up through, but other than that, no one else has a car like this.
I cannot stress enough how much Volvo drivers respect each other (at least up here in Wisconsin); often times if you're driving a Volvo and see another Volvo driver, you'll flash you lights to say 'hi' to the other driver. If you're trying to turn left on a busy street and another Volvo owner sees it, they'll slow down for you to let you through.
"Clara" as we call her is a work horse. Fill her up with people, gear, and head to the north for a week and you'll be set. I do a TON of hauling in the rear, whether it be dogs or bikes or kayaks. You name it, this Volvo will do what ever it takes to please its driver.
I will end up buying another Volvo in the next year or so (2003-2005 WAGON), but I have no plans on getting rid of my beloved Clara.
I have no doubt these cars will last well beyond 400,000 miles, IF YOU TAKE CARE OF IT!
If you can find one, PICK IT UP. No joke, you'll never want to drive anything but a Volvo again.
Volvo = Best car brand ever.